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Round Table Our 20 th Century – Cinema facing History

With the presense of:

Fernando Rosas, Saguenail, Solveig Nordlund

Moderated by Luís Miguel Oliveira


The 20th century is not only a past time that provides keys to reading the present. Even in the case of the younger generations, it is above all a truly constructive memory of our life and of our relationship with the world. The century of catastrophe, of inhumanity or the irrepresentable – as it was often named in true attempts to touch its most deep and decisive mark. But it was also the century of many hopes, disappointments, and new oppressions and horrors. The utmost paradoxical century: from the end of utopias from History and progress and at the same time, however, of the confirmation of History’s unbreakable power and of its movements within the representation and perception of the world itself. From the World War I unprecedented catastrophe, to the Soviet Revolution, various totalitarian regimes, World War II and the Holocaust, the fall of the Berlin Wall and of the Soviet Union, the Balkan Wars, and our April 1974 revolution, there has been a series of catastrophes and transformations, on the edge of our personal and collective experiences, which have left their marks on us and are now part of our heritage. This is our suggested framework to debate the way images bring us a truly testimonial scope – from the closeness between History and the ones who have lived it, as faithful and innermost guardians of such memory. This round table addresses the way films have created strategies of reflexion, denunciation, and information throughout the 20th century. It will also address the way films have built common and shared dreams and illusions, in which history is the common body between reality and imagination, speech and poetry, and represented and irrepresentable.


Round table in partnership with Instituto de História Contemporânea da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Round table held in Portuguese

OCT 24 / 2.30 pm, Culturgest – Forum Debates

Free admittance. Tickets must be collected on that day.